1930’s

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Accepts The 1932 Republican Presidential Nomination – Convention Snapshot

Herbert Hoover, in 1932 was in the unenviable position of running for re-election as President on the GOP ticket. During his first term, in fact, some 8 months into it, the great 1929 crash of Wall Street and the ensuing panic that resulted turned what was an economic disaster into...

Hollywood Park - June 1938

Opening Day At Hollywood Park – June 9, 1938 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles

Opening Day program at Hollywood Pqrk – George McCall program – June 9 , 1938 – CBS/KNX – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – An institution for racing fans since it was built in 1938, the Legendary Hollywood Park faced its demise via wrecking ball on May 31, 2015, and an...

Douglas Moore

The Music Of Douglas Moore 1949 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Douglas Moore – Farm Journal – CBS Symphony – Alfredo Antonini – 1949 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Some mid-century Americana this week. A performance of American composer Douglas Moore’s seldom played Farm Journal, as performed by the CBS Symphony conducted by Alfredo Antonini from a CBS Radio broadcast...

Hitler and Göring - 1938

May 23, 1938 – In Berlin, The Weather Is Fine.

May 23, 1938 – News For Radio Berlin, Shortwave English Service – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Berlin – May 23, 1938. Gathering clouds for a crisis. The situation between Germany and Czechoslovakia over the disputed Sudeten region was heating up. With accusations by Berlin of Czech troops staging raids...

René Amengual

The Music Of René Amengual – NBC Studio Orchestra – 1943 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

  René Amengual – Preludio – NBC Studio Orchestra – Joseph Stulpak, cond. June 24, 1943 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Mid-twentieth century music from Chile this week, via composer, pianist and educator René Amengual in a rare performance of his Preludio for Orchestra, composed in 1934 and performed...

Farmingdale - May 16, 1938

Soon Over Farmingdale – America’s First Air Raid Drill – May 16, 1938

  Farmingdale Long Island – Eyewitness reports of First Air Raid Drill in U.S. – May 16, 1938 – WOR – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – With ominous war clouds gathering over Europe, the question of preparedness in America was being considered. War was going to be different in the...

Czech Pres, Benes and troops - 1938

May 16, 1938 – “Prague Calling . . . .”

May 16, 1938 – Radio Prague News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – May 16, 1938 – It didn’t seem so ominous at the time, but news for Prague over the situation in Czechoslovakia was becoming one of concern throughout Europe. The issue of lands under Czech control which originally...

Maurice Emmanuel

Yvonne Lefébure Plays Music Of Maurice Emmanuel 1962 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Maurice Emmanuel – Sonatine Number 3 – Yvonne Lefébure, piano – Centenary Concert 1962 – ORTF, Paris – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The music of Maurice Emmanuel this weekend, as played by the legendary French pianist Yvonne Lefébure, who frequently played Emmanuel’s works and was the dedicatee of his...

Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams Trio – Live At Keystone Corner 1977 – Past Daily Downbeat

Mary Lou Williams Trio – Live at Keystone Corner, San Francisco – April 29, 1977 – KPFA – Anybody who has even a passing interest in Jazz knows the name Mary Lou Williams – Artists, arranger, composer, band leader; Mary Lou Williams was one of the true innovators in Jazz...

Supreme Court in 1937

They Call ’em The Nine Old Men – SCOTUS In 1937

  Supreme Court Revision Plan – March 23 and 29, 1937 – FDR Library – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In February 1937 President Roosevelt unveiled a bill to increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court, from 9 to 15. Critics immediately denounced the idea as Court-Packing; a...